Provo police have been thinking about race and de-escalation techniques ever since African-American teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August, 2014.
Since then, the Provo Police Department has been ahead of the curve training their officers to de-escalate tense situations, especially those involving race.
Their efforts include using a state-of-the-art virtual training simulator all while involving the community.
“We want to keep the officers safe and the community safe and this is a training tool that helps us do that,” says Chief John King, Provo Police Department.
Provo Police Chief John King is talking about the department’s new VirTua Training Simulator, located in a former church in Provo.
It allows officers to use their de-escalation skills in various threatening situations.